This is an attempt to make a comprehensive listing of Pakistani Blogs.
I’ve set up a “directory of Pakistani weblogs”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/pakblogs/index.html. It’s currently under construction and suggestions are welcome. Please send in blogs to add by “using the contact form”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/contact/add_weblog.html..
Pakistani blogs are different from “blogs by Pakistani’s residing in the UK/US”. We need more 100% Pakistani blogs on the Net. They present the humane side of Pakistan, which hardly anyone abroad knows about. The only knowledge a large majority of American’s have of Pakistan is through their media, which, if you’ve seen Fox News, doesn’t require further comment. Even CNN is not much better, and between these two they have the market covered. The conservative newspapers not only have a very dim view of Pakistan, they often have articles along the lines of “Should we attack Pakistan?”. A large number of bloggers also view Pakistan as a “terrorist state”:http://oliverkamm.typepad.com/blog/2003/08/pakistans_respo.html. The only news they hear is that of “nukes”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/south_asia/newsid_687000/687021.stm, “military coups”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/472968.stm, “killings”:http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=8062_Honor_Killing_Watch and a whole other assortment of not very good things.
Well, the last para is not really that relevant to making a list of Pakistani’s bloggers, but it’s one of the reasons I think that more people should be blogging. It’s news/views at a personal level which no other media can convey, and portrays the human side of a country.
The following applies just as much here in Pakistan as in the Arab world:
bq.. And I was dissapointed to find *very few weblogs* by Arab people dealing with political and social issues in the Arab and Islamic world. I have always been concerned about our voice not reaching the rest of the world. *Sadly a very large majority in the west still see us as people living in tents, dressed with turbans and robes, riding camels and cursing the ‘infidel’ west*. This is a myth, and the reason Arab people aren’t building bridges with the west is because they are so hopeless about their future under their oppressing regimes and their Islamic mullahs who both wish to keep it that way, so they can go on plundering our money and laughing at our chins while warning us of the grave fate that Allah has prepared for us if we don’t do it their way. I’m sick of all of that.
Despite what you see in the Arab world from people bashing the American ‘occupation’ of Iraq, the truth is that they all desire the same in their hearts and minds, because deep inside they all know that *they have all been occupied for years by their own regimes*. And they are yearning for their freedom. Most of what you see is really Arab regimes speaking, not the people. They know their time has come and that their days are numbered. THEY are the real terrorists.
>> “Buzzmachine: A email from Iraq”:http://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/2003_10.html#004884
p. *Update:* This list has now been removed. See http://bloggers.pk for a more complete list.